Kewaunee, Green Bay & Western 2-8-0 "Consolidation" Locomotives in the USA

Class Details by Steve Llanso of Sweat House Media

Class Z (Locobase 13558)

Data from 1947 diagram reproduced on the Green Bay Route website at [], last accessed 20 December 2011. Works numbers were 64127-64128 in January 1923.

The KGB & W was 2/3s owned by the Green Bay & Western from 1897 on. The road was begun in 1890 to create a year-round connection between Green Bay and the East. Over the years, according to the web site, the ferry system connecting Kewaunee and the cities of Frankfurt and Ludington on the Michigan mitten proved invaluable to the Green Bay Route in its provision of time-sensitive traffic between Lake Michigan and the Mississippi River.

Brooks delivered one of these Consolidations to the KGB & W as their 45 (priced at $33,450) and one to the GB & W as their 65. 45 (later 398) was the most powerful engine on the KGB & W. After its 25-year career on the railroad ended in 1948, it was sold to the Ahnapee & Western. The A & W renumbered it 261, but used it only sparingly and sold it to the Detroit, Cairo & Sandusky in December 1950. It was scrapped in 1953.

65 remained on the GB & W until it was scrapped in 1951.

Principal Dimensions by Steve Llanso of Sweat House Media
Locobase ID13,558
RailroadKewaunee, Green Bay & Western
Number in Class2
Road Numbers45, 65 / 398, 350
Number Built2
Valve GearWalschaert
Locomotive Length and Weight
Driver Wheelbase (ft / m)14.25 / 4.34
Engine Wheelbase (ft / m)23.33 / 7.11
Ratio of driving wheelbase to overall engine wheebase 0.61
Overall Wheelbase (engine & tender) (ft / m)54.77 / 16.69
Axle Loading (Maximum Weight per Axle) (lbs / kg)
Weight on Drivers (lbs / kg)170,700 / 77,428
Engine Weight (lbs / kg)193,700 / 87,861
Tender Loaded Weight (lbs / kg)126,000 / 57,153
Total Engine and Tender Weight (lbs / kg)319,700 / 145,014
Tender Water Capacity (gals / ML)6500 / 24.62
Tender Fuel Capacity (oil/coal) (gals/tons / ML/MT)12 / 10.90
Minimum weight of rail (calculated) (lb/yd / kg/m)71 / 35.50
Geometry Relating to Tractive Effort
Driver Diameter (in / mm)51 / 1295
Boiler Pressure (psi / kPa)190 / 13.10
High Pressure Cylinders (dia x stroke) (in / mm)22" x 28" / 559x711
Tractive Effort (lbs / kg)42,915 / 19465.94
Factor of Adhesion (Weight on Drivers/Tractive Effort) 3.98
Heating Ability
Firebox Area (sq ft / m2)210 / 19.51
Grate Area (sq ft / m2)54.50 / 5.06
Evaporative Heating Surface (sq ft / m2)2207 / 205.04
Superheating Surface (sq ft / m2)540 / 50.17
Combined Heating Surface (sq ft / m2)2747 / 255.21
Evaporative Heating Surface/Cylinder Volume179.15
Computations Relating to Power Output (More Information)
Robert LeMassena's Power Computation10,355
Same as above plus superheater percentage12,426
Same as above but substitute firebox area for grate area47,880
Power L110,641
Power MT549.72

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